The Unforeseen Threats to the 2020 Election: Hand Sanitizer and Bad Plumbing

first_imgIn Hidalgo County in South Texas, just across the border from Mexico, it was a technical glitch. New laptops that had been distributed to polling sites ahead of Election Day to help accommodate the region’s record-breaking turnout did not work, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – Nov. 6, 2020, 3:56 a.m. ET This week saw a variety of such small-scale interruptions. In Atlanta, the culprit was leaky plumbing. Inside the arena where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball — converted into a polling place — the early-morning discovery that a burst pipe was leaking water into a room with absentee ballots delayed the count by a couple of hours. An arena staff member quickly fixed the leak, and none of the ballots were damaged, officials said.Several polling places in Louisiana were running on generators after lingering power failures caused by Hurricane Zeta, which led to a feud between local and state officials over who was responsible for sending the generators to election sites. Officials ultimately moved two polling locations to a nearby middle school, and there were no serious delays. Updated – Advertisement – Poll workers face unexpected glitches every year, but warnings about distorted tallies or delayed counts made voters and observers more on edge than usual about any oddities. None of the complications this week led to serious problems, elections officials said. Some, like the hand sanitizer incident, were the result of an election severely altered by coronavirus precautions. “They were not allowing the software program to open up to check in voters,” Yvonne Ramon, the county elections administrator, said. “And because they were scattered throughout the county, my field service technicians took off to the nearest locations. We’re a large county, so going from location to location is not an easy thing.”Ms. Ramon noted that hiccups with new technology were not unusual. But the county kept polling places open an additional hour on Tuesday night to make up for the earlier delays, and everyone who had come out to cast a ballot was ultimately able to do so, she said.In the battleground state of Wisconsin, the last few hundred votes went unreported for several hours because the Richland County clerk could not reach the clerk in the town of Willow, who had said she felt sick and then could not be reached, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Willow’s 274 votes were eventually reported. In Green Bay, the count of absentee votes was briefly delayed while an election official ran over to City Hall to get more ink for the vote-counting machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Palace Turn To Nigerian-Born Player To Solve Goalscoring Problems

first_imgStruggling English Premier League (EPL) side Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Nigerian-born forward Carlton Cole in the attempt to solve their goalscoring problems.Cole, 33, is currently a free agent after the 10-month contract he signed with Indonesia Super League outfit Persib Bandung in March was terminated last month.Londoners Crystal Palace have so far remained scoreless after the first six league games of the season ahead of Saturday’s tough trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. To make matters worse, they are currently without their first team strikers because of injury.Belgium striker Christian Benteke sustained a knee ligament injury during last weekend’s 5-0 loss at Manchester City and has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks while long-term injury casualty Conor Wickham is not expected back until January at least.Club manager Roy Hodgson definitely has a lot of things to worry about with his side rooted to the bottom of the EPL table with 0 point and 0 goal this season. He replaced Frank De Boer some weeks back after the Dutchman was sacked after four league games only.RelatedManchester City Defender To See Specialist Over ‘Troublesome’ Knee ProblemSeptember 26, 2017In “Europe”Chelsea Star Ruled Out For Over One Month After Suffering Grade Two Hamstring InjuryOctober 3, 2017In “England”EPL: 7 Nigerian Players to Watch Out For In The 2019/2020 SeasonAugust 9, 2019In “England”last_img read more